Robinson says that the Jets, however, prefer to keep Adams and sign him to an extension in 2021.
If teams are interested in trading for Adams, they can call the Jets, but New York has no plans to shop him in trade talks as of now. Robinson adds that Adams’ agent does not have the green light to line up a deal.
Regarding contract talks, Robinson explains that other impact defenders like Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack played four seasons before signing huge extensions. The Jets don’t want to sign Adams to a record deal after three years, but their stance could change next year.
Adams’ preference is to be traded to the Cowboys, but Dallas isn’t the only he would play for, according to Robinson. While Adams is open to playing for other teams, Robinson says it’s been clear for some time that he would prefer to be closer to his home, which happens to be near Dallas.
Robinson believes this situation “feels a lot like the Earl Thomas crossroads with the Seahawks.”
The Jets’ asking price for Adams is in the neighborhood of first- and third-round picks. However, Robinson adds that trade talks between the Cowboys and Jets last year left New York “feeling burned” and it’s possible that this could linger in any talks this time around.
As of now, the Cowboys have not contacted the Jets about Adams, per Robinson. Even if they were to trade for Adams, they may ask him to either play out the year under his rookie deal or wait until they get Dak Prescott locked up long term.
Adams has reportedly been upset since last year’s trade deadline and Robinson believes there’s some “family and emotion” wrapped up in this situation.
Adams, 24, is a former first-round pick of the Jets back in 2017. He just finished the third year of his four-year contract worth $22,256,084, which includes a signing bonus of $14,326,244.
The Jets exercised Adams’ fifth-year option before the draft, which will cost them $9.86 million for the 2021 season. This figure is guaranteed for injury only and won’t prevent them from working on a long-term extension in the next year or so.
In 2019, Adams appeared in 14 games for the Jets and recorded 75 tackles, 6.5 sacks, one interception, two forced fumbles, one recovery, two defensive touchdowns and seven pass defenses.
We’ll have more regarding the Jets and Adams as the news is available.